How to nail a DIY hair detox
Ready for Rapunzel-level long locks? We feel you. But with all the heat styling and product buildup our hair has to deal with, we’re quite literally sabotaging our strands day in, day out. There’s no need to worry (or spring for a buzz-cut in a split-end induced panic) though; we’re breaking down how to nail a DIY hair detox that’s bound to leave you with the shiniest, swishiest mane of your life.
If you’re down to detox, the chances are you’re not 100 per cent happy with the current condition of your hair. Whether your mane just isn’t bouncing and behaving the way you’d like or damage has brought hair growth to a literal dead end, a chop should be the first task on your detox to-do list if you’re serious about saving your strands. We’re not talking a dramatic transformation; a trim will do the trick. After all, why not start fresh (and avoid wasting DIY mixtures on hair that will soon meet its demise on the salon floor)?
If your scalp is sensitive (or just struggling in general), a scalp-specific massage is a great place to start. Rubbing oil deeply into your scalp for about 20 minutes will increase blood circulation and strengthen the hair follicles, helping to encourage the growth of glossy, strong locks. FYI, an episode of Friends will make the time fly by. Choose the oil you use based on what your mane needs most – coconut is great for hydration, olive promotes growth, jojoba relieves itchiness and argan protects against damage.
There are a range of great scalp-cleansing products out there, but if you’re after easier, more cost-effective options, an at-home recipe is perfect. For instance, try a little splash of lemon. Lemon is as amazing for detoxing your scalp as it is for cleansing your body, so there’s no doubt it’s a build-up-banishing dynamo. Mix lemon juice with sea salt and olive oil – two tablespoons of each makes for the perfect blend – then apply to damp hair, massaging in to boost circulation. Rinse with warm water, and then wash your mane as normal. If your struggling to shift stubborn build-up (or ease the itch), add a scalp scrubber to your shower shelf, stat. Use the bristle brush in a circular motion to eliminate any remaining residue whilst stimulating the scalp.
If dandruff is still getting you down, an apple cider vinegar rinse is up next. A scalp-cleansing superhero that naturally nourishes and prompts hair growth whilst also delivering serious shine, it basically can’t be beaten in the scalp and strand stakes. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, and then pour the rinse all over your hair (after shampooing, and before you apply conditioner). Massage into your hair and scalp (yep, again, you deserve it), then let it sit for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly and conditioning as you usually would.
Unlike detoxes designed to work on your waistline, fats are your friend when it comes to hair, thanks to their moisturising, nourishing and strengthening properties. Avocado is our go-to for a great DIY mask. Rich in fatty amino acids, natural oils and vitamins, this superfood superstar is able to unclog follicles, stimulate new hair growth and repair damage. Mix 1 ripe avocado with 1 banana and 2 tablespoons of olive oil – blend into a thick paste, and then spread from roots to ends. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse out for glossy, gorgeous locks.
Detoxing is all about eliminating damaging factors, so step away from your straightener for a few days and embrace your natural texture for the sake of healthy strands. If you’re not feeling the au naturale vibes, you can always slick strands back using an oil (extra nourishment and a chic do in one), or wait until a weekend where your calendar is completely clear so you can detox in peace.
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Have you tried any of these steps? What’s your go-to routine when your hair needs a little TLC?